F1 2020: Hamilton wins crash-ridden Tuscan GP

    Hamilton beat Bottas to win the inaugural Tuscan GP, which saw multiple crashes and two red flag stoppages.

    Published On Sep 13, 2020 11:33:00 PM

    7,761 Views

    Lewis Hamilton survived three race starts to win an eventful Tuscan GP. The first-ever F1 race at Mugello served up a dramatic display with two multi-car crashes in the first nine laps and two red flag stoppages. With this, the British driver has picked up his 90th F1 career win and is just one short of equaling Michael Schumacher’s record.

    Valtteri Bottas was unable to convert his early race advantage into a win and had to settle for 2nd place. Behind the Mercedes duo, Alexander Albon finished in 3rd place to secure his first F1 podium finish.

    • Hamilton takes his 90th F1 win at Mugello
    • Bottas finishes 4.8 secs behind in 2nd place
    • Albon scores his first F1 podium finish
    • Verstappen, Gasly and Sainz retire

    Verstappen’s early exit as crashes take centre stage

    The Tuscan GP’s chaotic start saw Bottas enjoy a strong launch off the line to take the lead, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc  moved up to 3rd place. However, the race was neutralised soon after due to a frantic mid-field crash.

    Max Verstappen had already dropped down the order due to a power unit issue and was sent into the gravel after being tagged by Kimi Raikkonen. The Alfa Romeo driver also clipped last weekend’s Italian GP winner Pierre Gasly; the incident resulted in both Verstappen and Gasly retiring from the race.

    The resulting safety car triggered another massive crash as drivers in the back of the pack misjudged when to accelerate at the re-start. The crash took out Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz and Nicholas Latifi, triggering a red flag stoppage.

    As the grid waited for the race to resume, Renault was forced to retire Esteban Ocon due to overheating brakes. As a result, just 13 drivers were left in the running after just nine laps of racing.

    Hamilton beats Bottas

    Hamilton moved into the lead after passing Bottas around the outside of Turn 1 at the re-start. With his eyes firmly set on closing the gap to Hamilton, Bottas even asked Mercedes to put him on an alternative tyre strategy to his team mate. But Mercedes ended up fitting both cars with hard tyres as they struggled with degradation.

    Bottas was handed yet another chance when the race was red flagged for a second time on lap 45. Lance Stroll – who was running in 4th place – suffered a high-speed crash at Turn 9 after reporting a puncture.

    But Bottas struggled at the re-start and ended up losing a place to Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo. While he did quick work to pass Ricciardo and re-take the position, he was unable to catch Hamilton. The Finnish driver ended up finishing 4.8 secs behind his team mate

    Speaking after the race, Bottas expressed his frustration. “It’s disappointing because I had a dream start to the race. Once I lost position at the second re-start, I didn’t have any opportunities,” he said.

    “I’ll keep pushing – it has to turn out well for me at some point.”

    Albon scores maiden F1 podium

    The sole remaining Red Bull Racing driver in the race, Alexander Albon, initially dropped to 5th place at the re-start. But he passed Sergio Perez around the outside of Turn 3 on lap 48 and then set about trying to catch Ricciardo. Albon closed the gap two laps later and sweeped past Ricciardo on lap 51 to take 3rd place and score his first F1 podium finish.

    Perez – who will be replaced by Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin next year – ended up finishing in 5th place, ahead of Lando Norris and Daniil Kvyat.

    Ferrari score points at their 1,000th GP

    Charles Leclerc was running as high as 3rd at one point, but he dropped down the order as the race progressed and ended up finishing 8th. Vettel took the final points scoring position with a 10th place result.

    This may not be the ideal scenario for Ferrari at what was their 1,000th F1 world championship race. But the fact that they scored a double points finish after two points-less races will come as a silver lining for the Italian squad.

    Raikkonen finished 9th after being handed a five-second penalty for crossing the grass to dive into the pit lane. The Alfa Romeo driver had crossed the line in 8th place, but the penalty dropped him behind Leclerc in the final results.

    What does the F1 2020 drivers’ championship look like?

    After recording his sixth win of the season, Hamilton has stretched his championship lead to a massive 55 points from Bottas.

    Verstappen’s second-consecutive retirement, meanwhile, has dropped him 25 points behind Bottas in 3rd place overall. The Tuscan GP ended up being a missed opportunity for the Dutch driver, who would have potentially been a contender for victory considering the multiple re-starts and fast and flowing layout of Mugello that is well-suited to the Red Bull cars.

    F1 will now take a week off before heading to Sochi for the Russian GP on September 25-27.

    2020 Tuscan GP results

    POS

    DRIVER

    CAR

    LAPS

    TIME/RETIRED

    1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes

    59

    2:19:35.060

    2

    Valtteri Bottas

    Mercedes

    59

    +4.880s

    3

    Alexander Albon

    Red Bull Racing

    59

    +8.064s

    4

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Renault

    59

    +10.417s

    5

    Sergio Perez

    Racing Point

    59

    +15.650s

    6

    Lando Norris

    McLaren

    59

    +18.883s

    7

    Daniil Kvyat

    AlphaTauri

    59

    +21.756s

    8

    Charles Leclerc

    Ferrari

    59

    +28.345s

    9

    Kimi Räikkönen

    Alfa Romeo Racing

    59

    +29.770s

    10

    Sebastian Vettel

    Ferrari

    59

    +29.983s

    11

    George Russell

    Williams

    59

    +32.404s

    12

    Romain Grosjean

    Haas

    59

    +42.036s

    NC

    Lance Stroll

    Racing Point

    42

    DNF

    NC

    Esteban Ocon

    Renault

    7

    DNF

    NC

    Nicholas Latifi

    Williams

    6

    DNF

    NC

    Kevin Magnussen

    Haas

    5

    DNF

    NC

    Antonio Giovinazzi

    Alfa Romeo

    5

    DNF

    NC

    Carlos Sainz

    McLaren

    5

    DNF

    NC

    Max Verstappen

    Red Bull Racing

    0

    DNF

    NC

    Pierre Gasly

    AlphaTauri

    0

    DNF

     

    Also see:

    Lewis Hamilton to field team in new Extreme E series

    MMRT introduces Arrive and Drive track sessions with race-spec VW Polo

     

    Copyright (c) Autocar India. All rights reserved.

    Comments
    ×
    img

    No comments yet. Be the first to comment.

    Ask Autocar Anything about Car and Bike Buying and Maintenance Advices
    Need an expert opinion on your car and bike related queries?
    Ask Now
    Search By Car Price
    Poll of the month

    Which was your favourite Car, SUV at Auto Expo 2023

    Maruti Suzuki Jimny

     

    25.43%

    Maruti Suzuki Fronx

     

    14.59%

    Maruti Suzuki eVX concept

     

    2.86%

    Tata Harrier EV

     

    9.83%

    Tata Sierra

     

    23.71%

    Hyundai Ioniq 5

     

    3.96%

    Hyundai Ioniq 6

     

    3.29%

    Kia EV9 concept

     

    2.92%

    MG4

     

    2.06%

    Toyota Land Cruiser 300

     

    11.36%

    Total Votes : 3256
    Sign up for our newsletter

    Get all the latest updates from the automobile universe